Sir John Barrow School

Name Sir John Barrow School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 October 2012
Address Argyle Street, Sir John Barrow School, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0BD
Phone Number 01229483960
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 223 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.7
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 10.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4%
Persisitent Absence 4%
Pupils with SEN Support 17%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Sir John Barrow Primary School is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is broadly average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The percentage of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and those who speak English as an additional language is below average. The school provides a breakfast club which is managed by the governing body. The headteacher was appointed in January 2012. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school is improving rapidly. Pupils make good progress, especially at upper Key Stage 2. By the time pupils leave at the end of Year 6, standards are broadly average although mathematics is weaker than reading and writing. All groups make good progress including the disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs and those who are supported with extra funding. Teaching is good and improving, especially since the arrival of the new headteacher. As a result standards have been raised in English and mathematics. Pupils behave well because they have positive attitudes towards their learning. They feel safe in school. Parents confirm that behaviour over time has improved and it is now good. The headteacher and middle managers in unison with the governing body and the local authority have high expectations. As a result achievement and teaching have improved since the previous inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some pupils are not always clear about their targets for improvement and how to achieve them, especially in mathematics. There are occasions when the more-able pupils are not ‘stretched’, particularly in mathematics. Some middle leaders do not ensure teachers act on advice from lesson observations to further improve teaching and learning, such as for the more-able pupils.